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  1. We lost a wheel at Indy on day 2, fixed it, and won B class. 15 B class cars that weekend. Maybe it was that high HP Saturn engine that carried us! You're just jealous lol
  2. Looks nice and clean underneath - one of those small things that will help greatly as you work on this car
  3. We call that role crew chief. We have a list of all items planned for each pit stop. crew chief sends texts to group in advance of pit stop. About 30 minutes ahead all the items on the checklist are assigned to someone. Sometimes crew chief will do ice, change SD card in the camera, hand over gas cans, do radio checks. Crew chief also make sure we have someone on the radio, we have gas cans refilled, and have a mechanic type on duty in case the car comes in unexpectedly.
  4. So the obvious learning here is about the fake belts. My best guess on how to avoid buying them is stick with a reputable seller. I am curious if anyone had any additional thoughts on this. The second lesson for me is to look at the runoffs and decide the longest path to the wall. There are a lot of risk vs reward decisions to be made in just a couple seconds here. It looks to me like he was trying to avoid the wall entirely by trying to take a wide radius left turn, except that didn't work and it ended with a really hard hit into the wall. It is a decision I could have just as easily made myself - not wanting to wreck up the car. However another option to consider is to take a much wider arc or go straight as it looks like the end wall for that runoff area was further away and may have scrubbed off more speed before impact. Reviewing the off track layout and thinking about disaster scenarios like this have to go into my pre-race prep with my team. Practicing in simulators, observing in the track walk, reminding drivers ahead of the race are all things I need to add to the plans for races as a result of this. What track is this? Was that a sand trap he went through?
  5. To my fellow ChampCar club members, I cannot support having Mr. Myers on the board. The reason I bring this up is there was an incident on the last lap of the 2019 Indy race (Saturday). In turn 1 he missed the corner by a lot and hit us in the right rear - hard enough to buckle the strut tower and the trunk floor. My driver never saw the car that hit him and we were not racing for position. We hung around the garage for several hours after the race prepping the car for Sunday. Never sought us out, we were pitted right next to them! Only when I talked to another team who witnessed it and they checked video overnight did I figure out who it was. I confronted Mr. Myers the next morning when the cars were in pit lane pre-race, then he told me we did not give him room to race (we did - watch the video) and apologized about the damage to our car. https://youtu.be/OckeFXH607M People make mistakes on track - we're racing in a beginner league I get that. However his actions post-incident are not those of someone I would consider for the board.
  6. I am not sure OEM is required, but definitely agree to get quality parts. I have been to this school of hard knocks as well
  7. I would love to see the safety aspects of this track improved. I believe they would get a lot more sanctioning bodies holding events there. We are not that fast compared to some classes in other leagues. With that said, we raced for 24 hours there and every car but 1 that went off was able to continue. I will also say that the safety of the Armco at Watkins Glen seems worse. I've run Road Atlanta in the simulator countless times, and that last turn before start finish has so little runoff and has a lot of speed - can't bring myself to race the car there.
  8. Happy to report no one needed welding this time. We were offered to use one of the huge generators there and we had access to grid power as well.
  9. Was just watching the broadcast from this race. We ran out of gas before the two hours the first stint due to several factors including cooler temps and cooler engine operating temps. We sputtered on the front straight and were moving slowly. The design of the car allows us to proceed at about 35-40 mph until the last bits of gas are gone. Corner workers directed our driver to exit the track at oak tree turn with frantic pointing. I think this was a good idea as I would not want to have to drive the whole course at that speed. Fortunately the car kept running and we made it to the pits. ChampCar said the lap would not count since we cut the course. I have no issue with that but I highly doubt it was a faster lap!
  10. They have been shaving tires for years. There are no rules against shaving tires, let alone showing up with multiple semi rigs, 10 guys on the crew, nitrogen tanks for air impact guns, and a huge pit stand with clear plastic walls for bad weather, and look at that shifter that's not factory. I think they are an exception and not indicative of a future norm.
  11. I have no idea what number "spec" would be based on since you can change intake, exhaust, ECU etc not to mention whatever they could add with their 50 extra points. Maybe it was the number the engine was at before the race, not factory spec. Anything north of 250 HP with a 2500 lb car would make most cars amazing in ChampCar. I would have loved a free dyno pull there on the mighty Saturn
  12. The 248 (2000 Miata) and 942 (1999 Boxster) were taken from impound for dyno testing. I thought I overheard some talk that the Miata was at 130hp and the Boxster was within 2-3 HP of spec, but this was after a 24 hour race and 1.5 hours of sleep so my memory might be a bit foggy!
  13. Many thanks to ChampCar for putting on this event, and many thanks to Nelson Ledges for being a good host. The portable light towers were awesome, and people did appreciate the live music that was there. The weather was absolutely fantastic! The car count was fairly low but the attrition rate was fairly low as well. My general impression was that most of the teams that showed up had solid programs that could go 24 hours. For the first almost two hours we were in podium spots as the car and our driver were running good. After that we experienced several issues (ran out of gas, exhaust clamps slipping, new driver worries, electrical problem, cut fuel line) which moved us back to 10th during the night. From there we rallied back to fifth despite monster brake pulse (a brake duct had slipped off), grinding third gear and slipping out of fifth. Post race analysis uncovered the fact that running the 60+ minutes we lost with the big problems would only have moved us up one position! Due to all the repairs after Indy we just were not prepared as usual and that also cost us some laps. I was fairly optimistic this was our best chance to win a race with this car, but it would depend if Team Sahlen had a mistake or mechanical problem, which they did not. I met Will from their team and his post race interview really tells the importance of winning this race to him. Our P2 and P3 finishers were also quite stout so hats off to them for their efforts. All the drivers had a great time. My two newer drivers were really amped up after their stints! For the first time I did only night stints - for whatever reason I am kind of a night racing junkie. We did have a few issues with contact, two (909 and 30) we apologized for, and we had a slight contact with a red Miata that I did not find out about til later so we missed that one. This event was the fifth time the Saturn raced at Nelson Ledges, and the fifth 24 hour race. We ran 889 laps, which is 29 laps less than we ran last year, and is the second most miles we have traveled with the car in a single event. We now have over 14000 miles of racing on this car. I hope this is not the last 24 hour race at Nelson Ledges, but it seems like it may be the last for a while. Edits: After watching the live coverage I have to make some corrections and clarifications: * We did not lose 3rd gear, just the syncros - so we chose not to use it in order to finish * There was no blinding fog at night, and visibility was pretty good with all the light towers * We did not replace the fuel line. We have a patch kit and used that to fix the leak * We are still on our original Saturn SC chassis * Thanks for the info on the other Saturn teams Doc and Paulie - we have been in contact with TSR Racing they will be back Couple other points: * We ran out of gas three times. We changed the nose on the car after Indy crash, which between that and the cooler temps made the car run cooler and eat more gas. Car is designed to be able to limp along at 40-50 mph for a while when it is really low on gas * During the night we also had a problem with a loose wire blowing fuses. It happened just as we were about to leave pits. We borrowed a fuse from the RX-7 team from their RV. they said they might need a tire and we offered if they needed one but we did not hear from them after so they must have figured it out * One of our brake ducts came loose. I duct taped it back together but by then we had overheated a rotor creating a big brake pulse * between 2-4 AM someone on the front stretch had a fire going that smelled like burnt brake pads.
  14. Thanks we have had problems with consistent power from generators. I don't know enough about welding but the generator power was not clean or consistent enough for the welder - we tried several last year. Will keep it in mind if we can't get power off the grid.
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